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Old 05-24-2008, 10:03 PM   #11
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i think the oil makes a difference too, i use olive oil too

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I give all mine (all we use is cast iron with the exception of a few pots) a thin wipe down after every wash with a little extra virgin olive oil in between seasoning (I hardly ever have to season because of this). I also do the no soap washing or I use an unscented greek olive oil bar soap.

If your pans are brand new, they take longer to reach a nice seasoned surface. My bean pot and skillets were in the family since the 20's and are smooth as silk, but the cast iron wok we got new as a wedding gift is only now getting nice and smooth after 7 years of intermittent use.
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Re: Whats wrong with my cast-iron Skillet?!?!

i season mine in the oven too
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Old 05-25-2008, 08:04 AM   #14
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Re: Whats wrong with my cast-iron Skillet?!?!

I've had mine for years and it still sticks. I read that you shouldn't cook high acid foods (ie tomatoes) because it can ruin them. I wash mine with soap, coat with oil and heat. I have to do this everytime or everything sticks, which has been frusterating as I want to move away from non-stick frying pans. I guess I better try some other suggestions in this thread.
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Old 05-25-2008, 08:13 AM   #15
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Re: Whats wrong with my cast-iron Skillet?!?!

don't wash it (unless you really have to) -- just wipe it out with a clean towel (paper or lint-free cloth) after it's cooled & set it away.
my pretty much non-stick, but I still have to use a little oil now & then (things taste better that way, anyway)!
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Re: Whats wrong with my cast-iron Skillet?!?!

yes new ones take a looong time to get seasoned. I'm grateful I have pans from my grandmother that are very old - soo smooth! My newer ones are rougher.

I do what a lot of ladies do - just keep it coated with olive oil.


sometimes my dad will make a fire outside and clean theirs like that - I"m not sure quite how he does it...
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Re: Whats wrong with my cast-iron Skillet?!?!

I didn't read through all of the replies, but when you are actually cooking with it (versus seasoning it) make sure to get your pan nice and hot first and THEN add oil/fat. That makes all of the difference! I can fry eggs and scramble eggs without sticking in mine as long as it is hot before I add anything to the pan!
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Re: Whats wrong with my cast-iron Skillet?!?!

No, I dont have any food build up on it...and ive done all the advice online as well as given here....I guess its just going to take time...
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Re: Whats wrong with my cast-iron Skillet?!?!

I've cooked acidic food in mine without any problems because the acid helps bring out the iron from the pan so your body can utilize it. I just make sure to oil it right away.

One thing I do with my cast iron pan is to put it in the oven after I've been baking. Even if I've not used the pan that day, and I've been making cupcakes, or something, I'll just give it a quick rubbing with some oil, and throw it into the oven as the oven cools. It kind of "seasons between seasonings" if that makes sense.

And it really helps to have the pan pre-heated before using it. I can even use mine to bake skillet cornbread without any sticking issues, and it's probably because I make sure the pan is hot before dumping in the batter.

Good luck with your pan. Sometimes it just takes a long while to get them where we need them to be.

And don't expect it to be 100% non-stick. They'll become non-stickISH. LOL! My grandma was the only person I have ever known to have a 100% non-stick iron skillet. Things just slid right outta that pan, but the best most of us can hope for is non-stickISH! LOL

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Re: Whats wrong with my cast-iron Skillet?!?!

guess i just need to add 100 years to my pan....where can you purchase years??
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